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1 The German Research Landscape and current Developments in Science and Research IC Eriwan, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2 Content 1. The German Research Landscape – Overview 2. Current Developments in Science and Research

3 1. The German Research Landscape The German research system is characterised by different players Research of higher education institutions (universities, universities of applied sciences etc.) Non-university based research facilities (Max Planck Society, Helmholtz Association, Fraunhofer, Leibniz Association etc.) Industrial research (Siemens, Bayer, BASF, AiF etc.)

4 1.1. Research-Overview Basic ResearchApplied Research Max Planck Society Universities Helmholtz Association Leibniz Association Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft Industry

5 1.2. Higher Education Institutions 378 higher education institutions, including 110 universities 213 universities of applied sciences 55 schools of art Features of German universities Unity of research and teaching Broad range of subjects Theoretical orientation of research

6 1.3. Non-university based Research Institutions Max Planck Society (80 institutes, research units and working groups, staff: 14,300) Helmholtz Association of National Research Centres (16 research centres, staff: 30,000) Leibniz Association (86 research institutes and service facilities, staff: 16,100) Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (59 institutes, staff: 17,000)

7 1.4. Expenditure on Research and Development Research expenditure 2007 (in total): 61,5 billion euros Universities Industry Numbers for 2007, Source: Bundesbericht Forschung und Innovation 2010 (BMBF) 69,9 % 16,1 %

8 1.5. Industrial Research More than half of the research investments in Germany are spent by the industry (43 billion euros) Industries strong in research: Automobile industry, electrical engineering, chemical industry and mechanical engineering Two out of three German companies invest in research and development

9 1.6. Research Funds and Funding Agencies Primary Sponsors Secondary Sponsors Industry & Foundations Federal states BMBF, BMWI,... Volkswagen Foundation Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Academic Exchange Service German Research Foundation etc.

10 Content 1. The German Research Landscape – Overview 2. Current Developments in Science and Research

11 2.1. High-Tech Strategy 2.2. Excellence Initiative 2.3. Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research

12 2.1. The High-Tech Strategy The 17 cutting-edge fields Communication and Mobility -Information and communications technology -Automotive and transport technologies -Aviation technologies -Space technology -Maritime technologies -Services Cross cutting technologies -Nanotechnologies -Biotechnology -Microsystems technology -Optical technologies -Materials technologies -Production technologies Safety and healthy life -Health research and medical technology -Security technologies -Plants -Energy technologies -Environmental technologies

13 2.2. The Excellence Initiative A common initiative of the German Federal Government and States (Länder) Objectives Promote top-level research Improve the quality of German universities and research institutions Increase Germany´s international competitiveness Sharpen the profile of the key players in academia and research Financial Background 1.9 billion euros will be spent for institutions of higher education in the period from 2006 until 2011

14 2.2. The Excellence Initiative 18 Graduate Schools 17 Clusters of Excellence 3 Institutional strategies to promote top-level research (U Karlsruhe, LMU München, TU München) 21 Graduate Schools 20 Clusters of Excellence 6 Institutional strategies to promote top-level research (RWTH Aachen, FU Berlin, U Freiburg, U Göttingen, U Heidelberg, U Konstanz) Funded Projects (1st round) Funded Projects (2nd round)

15 2.3. Strategy for the Internationalisation of Science and Research The strategy pursues four main goals: 1. Strengthening research cooperation with global leaders 2. International exploitation of innovation potentials 3. Intensifying the cooperation with developing countries in education, research and development on a long-term basis 4. Assuming international responsibility and mastering global challenges

16 Thank you for your attention! Contact: DAAD IC Eriwan Ass. Prof. Dr. Steffen Roth


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